Sledding + Coasting

The sledding hill at Swallow Cliff Woods is closed for the winter while we prepare for improvements to the site. Please use the hill at Pioneer Woods on 107th street, 1/2 mile west of LaGrange Road. This hill now has temporary lighting and will be open until 9pm.

Nothing says winter fun like sledding and coasting. The Forest Preserve District offers 10 hills for sledding.

 

Sledding and Coasting Hills With Lighting (Hours: 10 A.M. – 9 P.M.)

Sledding and Coasting Hills With Lighting (Hours: 10 A.M. – 9 P.M.)

 

Westchester WoodsCermak Road, east of LaGrange Road, Westchester

Westchester WoodsCermak Road, east of LaGrange Road, Westchester

Dan Ryan Woods 87th and Western Ave., Chicago
Swallow Cliff Woods* Route 83 and Mannheim Road, Palos Park
Caldwell Woods Devon & Milwaukee Avenues, Chicago
Deer Grove #5 Quentin Road, north of Dundee Road, Palatine
Westchester Woods Cermak Road, east of LaGrange Road, Westchester
Pioneer Woods 107th Street, 1/2 mile west of LaGrange Road, Willow Springs

* 11/20/13 – the hill at Swallow Cliff is closed for the winter.

 

Sledding and Coasting Hills Without Lighting (Hours: 10 A.M. – sunset)

Sledding and Coasting Hills Without Lighting (Hours: 10 A.M. – sunset)

 

Indian Hill Woods 16th Street & Edgewood Avenue, Chicago Heights
Indian Road Woods Central Ave., 1/2 mile south of Caldwell Ave., Chicago
Schiller Woods Irving Park and Cumberland Ave., Schiller Park
Deer Grove #4 Quentin Rd., north of Dundee Rd., Palatine

 

 

Public safety requires the closing of many Forest Preserve parking lots and driveways during the winter season. However, parking facilities involved with winter sports will be open daily.

 

Sledding Hill Rules and Regulations

 

  • Forest Preserves of Cook County sledding hills are open when there is a minimum of 3″ of snow and the ground is frozen.
  • Use of Forest Preserves of Cook County sledding hills is at visitor’s own risk.
  • Proper use of appropriate sledding devices which are in good repair and have no sharp edges is required.
  • Use of skis, non-winter style tubes, carpets, snowboards, toboggans and metal-railed sleds is strictly prohibited.
  • Unauthorized building of ramps, bumps, moguls, hills or jumps out of a material or substance is strictly prohibited.
  • Children under the age of 12 should wear a bicycle or multi-sport helmet and must be supervised by an adult.
  • Sledding hills may be closed due to a lack of snow cover or for any other safety or environmental-related reason.
  • Pets and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on sledding hills.
  • Forest Preserves staff reserves the right to refuse admittance to sledding hills anyone who fails to comply with the documented and posted Sledding Hills Rules and Regulations.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to its steep grade, the hill at Swallow Cliff* can get extremely muddy, even when there are more than 3″ of snow on the ground. For that reason, the hill may be closed when others are open. The nearest hill to Swallow Cliff is Pioneer Woods on 107th street, 1/2 mile west of LaGrange Road.

 

*the hill at Swallow Cliff is closed for the winter

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County